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 Author:  Carpenters' Company of the City and County of PhiladelphiaRequires cookie*
 Title:  Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia Records, 1683-1983     
 Dates:  1683-1983 
 Abstract:  The Carpenter's Company Collection is a potentially rich source for those interested in Philadelphia history and early trade unions. The Carpenters' Company was one of the most prominent trade associations in colonial Philadelphia and the early national period. The collection includes official minutes of the Carpenter's Company for nearly all of early America. These volumes capture the inner workings of one of the most prominent business institutions in the city. The minute books capture a wide range of company business, including establishing prices for the public, member procedures, and public relations. The collection also includes the minutes of the Friendship Company from its founding in 1769 – 1775 and their accounts from 1769-1799.

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 Call #:  Mss.974.811.C22.a 
 Extent:  18 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Business and Skilled Trades | Philadelphia History 
 Genre:  Business Records and Accounts | Institutional Records | Miscellaneous 
 Subjects:  Carpenters -- Labor unions -- United States. | Guilds -- United States. 
 Author:  Du Pont de Nemours familyRequires cookie*
 Title:  Du Pont de Nemours family. Papers relating to the American Philosophical Society, 1800-1894     
 Dates:  1800-1894 
 Abstract:  This Du Pont Nemours Collection contains photocopies of correspondence that relate to APS business.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.D938f 
 Extent:  0.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Science and technology 
 Genre:  Institutional Records 
 Subjects:  Science -- Societies, etc. 
 Author:  Hare-Willing family.Requires cookie*
 Title:  Hare-Willing Family Papers     
 Dates:  1724-1965 
 Abstract:  This is a large and wide ranging collection on materials. The collection contains over 1300 individual items along with 53 bound volumes, which range from letter books to records of the First Colored Wesley Methodist Church. Letters to and from the various members of the extended Hare-Willing family compose the bulk of the loose correspondence.

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 Call #:  Mss.Ms.Coll.104 
 Extent:  52 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  African American | Americans Abroad | Business and Skilled Trades | Early National Politics | Education | International Travel | Law | Natural history | Philadelphia History | Religion | Science and technology | Travel | Women's History 
 Genre:  Business Records and Accounts | Educational Material | Family Correspondence | General Correspondence | Institutional Records | Legal Records | Miscellaneous | Notebooks | Travel Narratives and Journals 
 Subjects:  African American churches -- United States | Banks and banking -- United States -- History -- 19th century. | Religion, religious organizations | Science -- United States -- 19th century. | Social conditions, social advocacy, social reform | Steam-engines. | Titantic (Steamship) | World War I | World War II 
 Author:  Hazard, Ebenezer, 1744-1817Requires cookie*
 Title:  Ebenezer Hazard papers, 1766-1813     
 Dates:  1766-1813 
 Abstract:  The Ebenezer Hazard Collection contains a range of documents relating to the early history and establishment of the postal service in the new American nation. Ebenezer Hazard was a New Yorker who served as a deputy postmaster general during the American Revolution and early republic.Included in the collection are two letters from Benjamin Franklin, one appointing him to the post and another advising him to quickly establish a post to Albany. There are a series of military passes issued to Hazard, lending insight into how the postal service operated during the war years. Other correspondents include Thomas Jefferson, who wrote a letter to Hazard in 1775 endorsing a proposed public papers project, and George Washington, who corresponded with Hazard as General of the Army during the war and as President.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.H338 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  American Revolution | Government Affairs | Military History 
 Genre:  Institutional Records | Military Records | Official Government Documents and Records | Political Correspondence 
 Subjects:  Postal service -- United States. 
 Author:  Michaux, Francois André, 1770-1855Requires cookie*
 Title:  Francois André Michaux papers, 1802-1911     
 Dates:  1802-1911 
 Abstract:  The F.A. Michaux Collection is a large collection of correspondence. Francois Michaux was the son of Andre Michaux. He was, like his father, a botanist. Francois also was an active member of the APS. Michaux regularly corresponded with peers in Europe, and this collection captures the conveyance of news, information, and knowledge across the Atlantic. As an active member of the APS and other institutions, Michaux's correspondence also lends insight into the establishment and operation of many scientific institutions. The vast majority of the collection consists of outgoing correspondence from Michaux; his primary correspondent was John Vaughan of the APS. The correspondence is almost exclusively in French. Later documents reflect the APS's continued interest in silviculture, which was spurred by a bequest by Michaux. Included in this section is the APS's acquisition of books and involvement in forest preservation and development, including the planting and preservation of Michaux Grove in Fairmount Park.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.M58.1 
 Extent:  0.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Science and technology 
 Genre:  Foreign Language | General Correspondence | Institutional Records | Scientific Data 
 Subjects:  Forests and forestry -- United States. 
 Author:  Patterson family.Requires cookie*
 Title:  Patterson-Lord papers, [ca. 1809]-1876     
 Dates:  Circa 1809-1876 
 Abstract:  Previously catalogued with the Robert Patterson Collection, The Patterson-Lord Collection contains contains a range of documents that touch on many different topics, although most have to do with science and engineering. The largest portion of the documents relate to scientific correspondence to Robert Patterson, a member of the APS. Much of this correspondence is done under the cover of official APS business. Of particular note are a series of letters relating to nautical calculations that include complex equations used to determine longitude and latitude for nautical almanacs.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.P274.2 
 Extent:  0.5 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Americans Abroad | Education | Science and technology 
 Genre:  General Correspondence | Institutional Records 
 Subjects:  Education -- Europe -- 19th century. 
 Author:  Philadelphia Assembly.Requires cookie*
 Title:  Philadelphia Assembly book of expenses, 1748-1749     
 Dates:  1748-1749 
 Abstract:  This volume contains the records of the Philadelphia Dancing Assembly for 1748-1749. John Swift served as treasurer of this group. This volume also contains some of Swift's personal expenses.

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 Call #:  Mss.974.811.P33a 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Philadelphia History | Social Life and Custom 
 Genre:  Business Records and Accounts | Institutional Records 
 Subjects:  Dance -- Societies, etc. 
 Author:  Philadelphia Museum CompanyRequires cookie*
 Title:  Philadelphia Museum Company Minutes, 1821-1845     
 Dates:  1821-1845 
 Abstract:  This volume is a typed copy of minutes from different collections available at the APS, the HSP, and the Smithsonian. Combined, they create a nearly complete account of the Philadelphia Museum's internal minutes.

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 Call #:  Mss.507.748.P53 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Literature, Arts, and Culture | Philadelphia History 
 Genre:  Business Records and Accounts | Institutional Records 
 Author:  Philological Society (Philadelphia, Pa.)Requires cookie*
 Title:  Philological Society (Philadelphia, Pa.) papers, 1809-1811     
 Dates:  1809-1811 
 Abstract:  This collection contains various records from Philadelphia's Philological Society. Its contents lends insight into the literary culture of Philadelphia's polite society in the early nineteenth century (1809-1811). The collection contains many essays that discuss city life and problems. Other essays deal with issues such as ambition, avarice, literature, history, and the like. There is a detailed index with the title and topic of each essay. The Society's records also contain correspondence (often short) that documents its workings.

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 Call #:  Mss.405.P5o 
 Extent:  0.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Literature, Arts, and Culture | Philadelphia History | Social Life and Custom 
 Genre:  Institutional Records | Manuscript Essays | Miscellaneous 
 Subjects:  Learned institutions and societies -- Pennsylvania. | Philology. 
 Author:  Rittenhouse, David, 1732-1796Requires cookie*
 Title:  Oration delivered February 24th 1775 before the American Philosophical Society     
 Dates:  1775 
 Abstract:  Summary(s) of Collection: David Rittenhouse's oration on astronomy delivered to the American Philosophical Society in 1775 is a long essay on the history of astronomy and astronomical knowledge, beginning with Chaldean knowledge systems and ending with the present. Rittenhouse includes his own thoughts on astronomy and its usefulness to society.

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 Call #:  Mss.520.4.R51ms 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Natural history | Science and technology 
 Genre:  Educational Material | Institutional Records | Manuscript Essays | Scientific Data 
 Author:  St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia.Requires cookie*
 Title:  St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia minutes and accounts, 1749-1843     
 Dates:  1749-1843 
 Abstract:  The minutes of St. Andrew's Society begin in 1749 and end in 1776. Included in the minutes are member lists, governing rules, and meeting minutes of the Society. The volume at the APS is a photocopy of an original that the St. Andrew's Society owns. The Minutes record various petitions the Society received and the charitable works of the Society.

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 Call #:  Mss.361.Sa2 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Philadelphia History | Social Life and Custom 
 Genre:  Institutional Records | Miscellaneous 
 Subjects:  Societies. 
 Author:  UnidentifiedRequires cookie*
 Title:  Catalogue of books     
 Dates:  Circa 1776 
 Abstract:  This large leather bound volume contains a list of books apparently held at the APS Library circa 1824. In addition to the title of each volume held, the data also includes the price paid for some of the books.

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 Call #:  Mss.017.C28 
 Extent:  1 item(s) 
 Genre:  Institutional Records | Miscellaneous 
 Author:  University of Virginia.Board of Visitors.Requires cookie*
 Title:  University of Virginia. Board of Visitors. Minutes, 1814-1828     
 Dates:  1814-1828 
 Abstract:  This collection contains the Minutes of the Board of Visitors for the Albemarle Academy (1814) and Central College (1817-1819), the predecessors of the University of Virginia. Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and James Madison were members of the Board. Monroe's service on a committee is listed, and Jefferson is listed as rector for the university. Among the topics discussed were professorships for Natural History and Ancient Languages. Robert Patterson of Philadelphia received the appointment – and a salary of $600.

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 Call #:  Mss.378.755.V8lbo 
 Extent:  2 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Colony and State Specific History | Education 
 Genre:  Educational Material | Institutional Records 
 Author:  Vaughan ClubRequires cookie*
 Title:  Vaughan Club papers, 1838-1841.     
 Dates:  1838-1841 
 Abstract:  The Papers of the Vaughan Club (1828-1841) are various records of this informal social club at the APS. There are copies of correspondence among members, songs that were sung at meetings, and menus and other items from their gatherings.

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 Call #:  Mss.Temp5.Misc Ms 
 Extent:  0.5 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Philadelphia History | Social Life and Custom 
 Genre:  General Correspondence | Institutional Records 
 Author:  Vaughan, John, 1756-1841Requires cookie*
 Title:  John Vaughan papers, 1768 - Circa 1936     
 Dates:  1768 - Circa 1936 
 Abstract:  The John Vaughan Collection is a large collection that reflects the life of this prominent Philadelphian and active member of the American Philosophical Society. The collection is large, but not as large as the Benjamin Vaughan Collection, the collection of John's brother's papers. John lived in Philadelphia and his correspondence contains information on elite society in this city. It also contains data on the operations of the APS during his lifetime. The collection has been well described and inventoried in MOLE.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.V462 
 Extent:  5 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Natural history | Philadelphia History | Science and technology 
 Genre:  Family Correspondence | General Correspondence | Institutional Records | Political Correspondence | Scientific Correspondence 
 Subjects:  Medicine. | Planetariums. 
 Author:  Vaux, George, V, 1721-1803Requires cookie*
 Title:  Vaux Family Papers, 1690-1996     
 Dates:  1690-1996 
 Abstract:  The George Vaux Papers is a massive collection which is focused on the business and financial interests of a prominent Philadelphia family. What follows is a list of some of the more notable parts of this expansive collection: - Correspondence: There is a massive amount of correspondence, much of which is personal and familial in nature. Nonetheless, the letters often discuss politics, current affairs, and society. The earliest records date to 1701, although the great bulk are focused on the revolutionary era to the first quarter of the nineteenth century. - Almanacs, 1790-1870: The collection contains a large collection of small pocket almanacs from Philadelphia. Some of the earliest ones contain records of financial transactions and diaries. - Charles Thomson Correspondence: The collection has a series of letters from Charles Thomson, the Secretary of the Continental Congress. These letters are from the 1780s, after Thomson had largely retired from the political arena. - Legal and Estate Documents: This portion of the collection is extensive and difficult to summarize. The family owned a huge amount of property throughout the state. These papers contain deeds, information on rents, surveys of land, and other transactions. Moreover, the Vaux family had ties through marriage and friendship to other prominent families, and some of their estate business is included in this collection. Among the notable papers are documents pertaining to John and Sally Norris Dickinson's properties and the estates of the Emlens and the Sansoms. One document complements the Jane Aitken Collection, as it has an accounting of the Bible that she printed. - Travel Accounts: Most notably, George Vaux VII made a trip to "Indian Country" in 1802-1803. He wrote numerous letters home and kept a small and incomplete travel journal. - Philadelphia City Affairs: The Vaux were active in civic life. The collection contains information on city improvements, with specific letters and records relating to the water supply. The collection has letters that discuss building the Water Works, records of a Committee on the Sewers, and an agreement between the city and Peale's Museum. - Business Affairs: The record of the Vaux's diverse business interests is contained in this collection. In addition to their land holdings, the Vaux's were very active in internal improvements, with records from numerous navigation companies held in the collection. The Vaux's were also involved in mining and mineralogy, including Pennsylvania's oil lands, which is also reflected in the content of this collection. Finally, there are partial records of some prominent Philadelphia institutions, such as the Bank of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Contributorship. - Native American Documents - In addition to George Vaux's travels into Indian Country, there are extracts from Indian Treaties and some records of the Friendly Association in this collection.

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 Call #:  Mss.Ms.Coll.73 
 Extent:  150 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  African American | American Revolution | Antebellum Politics | Early National Politics | Marriage and Family Life | Native America | Pennsylvania History | Philadelphia History | Social Life and Custom | Surveying and Maps | Travel 
 Genre:  Business Records and Accounts | Family Correspondence | General Correspondence | Institutional Records | Legal Records | Maps and Surveys 
 Subjects:  Abolition, emancipation, freedom | Genealogy. | Land speculation | Mineralogy. | Quaker businesspeople | Quakers -- Missions. | Seneca Indians | Slaves, slavery, slave trade | Social conditions, social advocacy, social reform | Yellow fever. 
 Author:  Warner, Joseph.Requires cookie*
 Title:  Joseph Warner cashbooks, 1833-1836, 1849-1859     
 Dates:  1833-1859 
 Abstract:  These two volumes contain a range of Joseph Warner's financial transactions, including loans, purchases, and payments. There are loose receipts and other documents within each volume, including a copy of a Library Company share from 1835.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.W244 
 Extent:  2 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Business and Skilled Trades 
 Genre:  Business Records and Accounts | Institutional Records 
 Author:  Wyck AssociationRequires cookie*
 Title:  Wyck Association Collection     
 Dates:  1663-1972 
 Abstract:  The Wyck Collection is a massive collection that touches upon a number of early American themes. MOLE contains an extensive inventory of the collection. There are also binders with the collection that contain item level descriptions of the contents. The collection is particularly notable for its family correspondence, business records, and information on the operations of some Philadelphia institutions, such as the Academy of Natural Sciences.

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 Call #:  Mss.Ms.Coll.52 
 Extent:  151.5 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  Business and Skilled Trades | Early National Politics | Literature, Arts, and Culture | Marriage and Family Life | Pennsylvania History | Philadelphia History | Science and technology | Trade 
 Genre:  Business Records and Accounts | Family Correspondence | Institutional Records | Miscellaneous 
 Subjects:  Abolition, emancipation, freedom | Agriculture | Culture, community, organizations | Home economics -- United States -- Accounting | Horticulture | Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Social life and customs | Quakers | Race, race relations, racism | Reconstruction | Religion, religious organizations | Slaves, slavery, slave trade | Social conditions, social advocacy, social reform | Social problems. 
 Author:  unknownRequires cookie*
 Title:  George B. (George Bacon) Wood papers, 1815-1913     
 Dates:  1815-1913 
 Abstract:  The George Bacon Wood collection consists primarily of correspondence from George Wood to J.B. Lippincott. Some of the letters are co-signed by Franklin Bache. All of the letters date from 1860 onwards. The only early American materials are various diplomas and certificates from the 1810s and 1820s for Wood. These include a diploma from the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and various certificates from places like the Philomathean Society at Penn and medical societies.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.W84 
 Extent:  30 item(s) 
 Topics:  Beyond Early America | Medicine 
 Genre:  Educational Material | Institutional Records 
 Subjects:  Medicine. | Pharmacology. 
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